Two of CSU's best football players last fall could be playing in Colorado for years to come.
Running back Kapri Bibbs and linebacker Shaquil Barrett, both passed over in the NFL draft, agreed immediately afterward to free agent deals with the Denver Broncos.
Bibbs set a number of Colorado State University records in his only season with the Rams, running for 1,741 yards and an NCAA best 31 touchdowns last fall. The 5 Phillip Gaines Jersey foot 9, 212 pounder also set school records for touchdowns in a game with six against New Mexico and rushing yards in a game with 312 against Nevada.
Bibbs averaged 6.2 yards a carry while running for more than 130 yards in six of the final 10 games of the season and for more than 200 yards three times in a five game span from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16. He ran for three touchdowns or more in eight of the Rams' final 10 games, including five in a row.
He had two years of eligibility remaining when he decided to declare himself eligible for the NFL draft soon after the running for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the New Mexico Bowl. He had said just a few days before the draft that he was certain he would be one of the 256 players selected in the seven round draft. There were 22 running backs taken, but Bibbs wasn't among them.
"God only gives the toughest battles to the strongest solider!" Bibbs tweeted minutes after the draft ended.
He later tweeted that he was excited to be heading to the same team as Barrett and to be remaining in Colorado. Although Bibbs grew up in Plainfield, Illinois, he was born in Colorado Springs.
"Best to have my fans behind me in Colorado lets go!" he tweeted.
Barrett was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year as a senior last fall after making a conference leading 20 tackles for lost yardage including an MW best 12 sacks. He was in on 80 tackles in all, third on CSU's team behind inside linebackers Max Morgan (134) and Aaron Davis (120).
The Broncos, Barrett said, plan to use him much the way CSU did, as a pass rushing outside linebacker/defensive end in their 3 4 defense.
"I see that as a plus right there," Barrett said. "They don't have a lot of depth at the position I play. They have a really good No. 1 (DeMarcus Ware), but that's about it."
Hedstrom doesn't yet have a contract with the Broncos but hopes to earn one with his performance in the minicamp. The 6 1, 230 pound Fort Collins native has been the Rams' long snapper for the past 3 seasons and had the opportunity to showcase his skills in an all star game after the season, the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, South Carolina
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"I feel like I'm at least ready to Dee Ford Jersey compete with somebody at an elite level," Hedstrom said. "I'm feeling pretty confident right now, and hopefully I can prove that I can be the guy."